23 October 2008: UN Day is observed annually worldwide on 24
October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in October 1945. To
celebrate UN Day 2008, the UN agencies in Japan will present a topical seminar
entitled “Climate Change: What We Can Do,” which aims to help the public better
understand the range of activities through which the UN is addressing the
challenge of climate change.
21 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Commission and the European Energy Network hosted an international workshop in Paris, France, on 21 October 2008, on “Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans.” The workshop aimed to encourage the development of high-quality energy efficiency strategies and plans that lead to significant improvements in energy efficiency.
21 October 2008: Speaking at the ninth Regional Consultation
Mechanism (RCM) meeting of UN agencies and organizations working in Africa,
which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Deputy Secretary-General
Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the global financial crisis, compounded by food
shortages and the effects of climate change, could “derail Africa's prospects”
of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
22 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has
addressed the climate and financial crises in a number of meetings and
statements in the past two days. He has sent letters to the heads of the EU
states, encouraging the EU to conclude its energy and climate package by the
end of 2008, in order to provide a positive signal to the international
community in its negotiations on emission reduction commitments for the
22 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a Green Economy Initiative, which seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.
22 October 2008: Representatives from parties, intergovernmental
organizations, and nongovernmental organizations met in Bonn, Germany, from
20-21 October 2008, to discuss methodological concerns relating to reducing
emissions from forest degradation in developing countries (REDD).
21 October 2008: Speaking at the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) Global Standards Symposium, held on 20 October
2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Malcolm Johnson, ITU Telecommunication
Standardization Bureau Director, called on the information and communication
technology (ICT) industry to play its role in addressing climate change.
20 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new study on carbon dioxide (CO2) Capture and Storage (CCS). The study, which was released on 20 October 2008, considers aspects such as CO2 transport and storage, CCS demonstration, financial and regulatory incentives, development of legal and regulatory frameworks, public awareness and acceptance, international co-operation, and CCS Roadmaps, as well as the role of CCS in ambitious new energy scenarios that aim for substantial emissions
16 October 2008: The UN team in Brussels has released its
third annual report, which details UN/EU partnership achievements. The report
is based on inputs collected from UN country offices around the world. Emphasis
is placed on the support that the UN and EU provide to national development
strategies and initiatives related to strengthening national capacities.
17 October 2008: The sixteenth session of the Global Climate
Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee took place from 14-17 October 2008,
in Geneva, Switzerland. The GCOS Steering Committee is a group of experts
selected for their personal expertise and appointed jointly by the GCOS
sponsoring organizations – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the
International Council for Science (ICSU) – to formulate the overall concept and
scope of GCOS and to provide scientific and technical guidance to the
sponsoring and participating agencies for the planning, implementation and
further development of GCOS. Committee members were presented with an overview
of key activities over the past year and with feedback from sponsors regarding
future development of GCOS.